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Arduino is a tool for making devices that can sense and control the physical world. Arduino can be used to develop interactive objects, taking inputs from a variety of switches or sensors, and controlling a variety of lights, motors, and other physical outputs. Arduino projects can be stand-alone, or they can be communicate with software running on your computer. The boards can be assembled by hand or purchased pre-assembled as do-it-yourself kits; the software for uploading programs into the board (open-source IDE) can be downloaded for free.




Why Arduino ??
There are many other microcontrollers and microcontroller platforms available for
physical computing. Parallax Basic Stamp, Netmedia's BX-24, Phidgets, MIT's
Handyboard, and many others offer similar functionality. All of these tools take the
messy details of microcontroller programming and wrap it up in an easy-to-use
package. Arduino also simplifies the process of working with microcontrollers, but it
offers some advantage for teachers, students, and interested amateurs over other
 Inexpensive
 Cross-platform
 Simple, clear programming environment
 Open source and extensible software
 Open source and extensible hardware


Watch this video tutorial from MIT to have a better idea :


Further tutorials available here :

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